British Columbia’s Early Learning Framework is intended to guide and support early childhood educators, StrongStart BC facilitators, early years professionals, service providers, communities and governments in providing rich early learning experiences for children from birth to kindergarten. The framework describes in broad terms a vision, principles, and areas of early learning for British Columbia and is designed to be put into practice in different ways depending on the circumstances of individual children, families, and communities.
The framework recognizes that, while all children should have equal access to rich early learning experiences, no two children are the same. Each brings a wealth of individual, social, cultural, linguistic, and ethnic characteristics to their learning. These differences enrich their own early learning and that of other children.
The primary purpose of the Early Learning Framework is to support adults to create rich early learning experiences and environments that reflect the latest knowledge on how best to support young children’s early learning and development. It provides early childhood educators a tool to reflect on early learning experiences created with and for children, to guide programs and activities provided for children, and to support dialogue with and between families about their children’s early learning.
The framework is also designed to help adults support and strengthen children’s individual, social, cultural, and linguistic identities, and their respect and appreciation for other people’s identities. Finally, the framework provides a focal point for dialogue among British Columbians to develop a common language and greater understanding of the vital importance of early learning for all young children.